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May 24 2011
Jobless Rate Spikes Before Expected Summer Dip PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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             While we're used to thinking of the unemployment rate going down in the spring, Kodiak's jobless rate for April shows we aren't there yet. The April jobless rate increased slightly to 6.7 percent, the highest local rate so far this year. January was 6.6, February was 6.5 and the March jobless rate was 6.4 percent.

             Officially, rates have held steady in the range of 6 percent. Labor officials expect the rates to fall as we go into Alaska's-and Kodiak's-busiest employment season.

In terms of actual people, April saw 6,126 workers and 443 looking for work inside the Kodiak Island Borough.

            It's important to note that jobless figures are based on the percentage of people looking for a job that are unemployed. They do not account for people who have either given up looking, or who live in remote areas where there are no jobs to begin with.

            Compared to the rest of the country, Alaska's been sitting pretty in terms of jobs. As of March, Alaska's jobless rate has been lower than the national rate for 28 months in a row.

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May 24 2011
Grant Puts Golf Clubs in Kids' Hands PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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            You can never start too early in teaching the ancient pastime of golf to eager young minds. Golf teaches patience, after all... right? In any case, the Bear Valley Golf Course is a participant in a program this year that puts golf clubs into the hands of youngsters as young as three years old. It's called Sticks for Kids. Lisa Reuter is the assistant manager at Bear Valley.

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May 24 2011
The Sounds of Chocolate and Art Mixing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 May 2011

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            Chocolate lovers from around Kodiak converged on the convention center Saturday night to indulge in one of their favorite things. Offerings ranged from chocolate truffles to chocolate dipped garlic olives, and prize winning jalapeño chocolate cookies.

             Participants tried them all in good cheer as they helped raise money for the Kodiak Island Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

            The other event of the evening that has become almost as popular as the chocolate tasting was the Halibut Tail Art Auction. This year's auction featured 15 whale tail forms reworked using wool, beach finds, paints and other varied media to create one-of-a-kind Kodiak style art.

            And the auction went high-tech international with the listing and sale of two of the tails on Ebay.

            KMXT's Maggie Wall attended the event, ate way too much chocolate, but recovered enough to compile this audio report of the 3rd Annual Chocolate Lover's Fling:

 
May 23 2011
Port Lions Girls Win Four State Titles in Track and Field; Kodiak Brings Home Two PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2011

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            The Port Lions girls track and field team brought home four state titles from the track and field championships held in Fairbanks over the weekend.

             Meanwhile Kodiak High School brought home two gold medals.

            Port Lions senior Katie Strong won the small school's 3,200-meter championship in 11-minutes 48-seconds, and the 800-meter in 2-minutes 25.8-second. Sophomore Raissa Boskofsky won the high jump with a leap of 4-feet 8-inches, and the 300-meter hurdles in 47.9-seconds.

              Kodiak's Jaymi Bethea sprinted to an early lead and cruised to a three-second victory in the large schools 1,600-meter race on Saturday, with a personal best time of 5-minutes 5.72-seconds. The Lady Bears placed 10th with 20 points. Wasilla won with 85.

            The Kodiak boys team of Caleb Nymeyer, Nathan Deer, Jordan Fogle, and James Osowski won the state title in the 4-by-800-meter relay. Coach Marcus Dunbar said the squad had lost at that distance five times this season, most recently at Regions last week. Determined to avenge those losses, the team ran the fastest 4-by-800 in the state this season, winning in 8-minutes 4-seconds. Overall, the Kodiak boys were 11th, with 22 points. Dimond took the team title with 74 points.

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May 23 2011
Rash of Dead Birds Piques Biologist's Interest PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 23 May 2011

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            An increasing number of dead birds have been showing up downtown near Oscar's Dock and it's attracted the interest of federal officials, who initially were concerned the birds were dying from an avian disease. But as Robin Corcoran, the bird biologist for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge explains, there are a lot of possible issues at hand.

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